Pre-1st Gen UK Beanie Baby Tags

Pre–1st Generation UK Hang Tag by Karen Boeker

This is the rarest of all hang tags. Let’s go back 24 years to 1994.

Ty Inc.’s very first shipment of “Original 9” Beanies arrives in the UK with regular 1st generation red heart hang tags, however they did not have the country’s required information on them. They needed the CE mark (Conformite Europeenne) to confirm they met the safety standards required to enter the country.  Hence these Pre-1st generation tags were put on the first Beanie arrivals to meet the CE regulations.


Immediately after this requirement was recognized, the rare UK stickers were made for 1st generation hang tags.

There is not much uniformity with the hole punch location and this often confuses buyers. The hole was punched by hand, not machine. The color of the tag attacher can be red or clear/white. These tags were produced very quickly and are not very good quality.









There have been various rumors about the number of each of the Original 9 with this tag.  Whatever the original number was (rumors between 36 of each to 220 of each) there are very few left today.

The “Original 9” Pre-1st generation Beanies are:

  • Chocolate
  • Cubbie
  • Flash
  • Legs
  • Patti
  • Pinchers
  • Splash
  • Spot without a spot
  • Squealer

As always, we strongly recommend having an authenticator examine the beanie and tags to be sure it is the real thing.  Authentication protects all parties involved.

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